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Monday, June 27, 2016

Joe Biz Movie Trivia - Ridley Scott - 2001 Hannibal







 2001 Hannibal
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10.  Veteran character actor Frankie Faison has appeared in all of the first four "Hannibal" movies. He played Lieutenant Fisk in Manhunter (1986) and played Barney the asylum orderly in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002).
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9.  The Verger role was originally offered to Christopher Reeve, who declined the part.
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8.  Krendler's lake house with the boat dock is the same house used in What About Bob? (1991).
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7.  Anthony Hopkins wrote a screenplay for a sequel to this film, most likely titled Hannibal Ending, which would've involved Starling killing Lecter. However, this was never used.
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6.  In the opening credits of the film you can make out the face of Anthony Hopkins being formed by pigeons until the end of the credits when you can clearly see his face.
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5.  After years of being actively involved in getting this sequel made during no less than 15 drafts of the screenplay, Jodie Foster, who originated the role of Clarice Starling, whom she previously played in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and winning an Academy Award for her performance, ultimately declined to participate in the sequel. She issued a statement at the time (clearly to no benefit of the film) saying "I had been offered more money than ever in my entire career to make this film. But who cares if it betrays Clarice, who has become like a person to me, in the end." Ironically, Foster had to fight tooth and nail for years to land the role of Clarice in the original. She had been time and again rejected by the producers and director, Jonathan Demme, despite already getting two Academy Award nominations and winning an Oscar for one of them: Best Actress for "The Accused" at the time. It was only after all other actresses who were offered the role, including Michelle Pfeiffer among others, declined due to violence of the film, that she was finally cast, shortly before production started.
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4.  In the novel's ending, Clarice joins Hannibal in dining on Paul Krendler's brain, and accepts his desire for them to become lovers. The novel also reveals that Hannibal's cannibalism stems from his childhood trauma of seeing his sister murdered and eaten by starving Nazis. Ridley Scott admitted that he didn't like the psychological explanation of Hannibal's actions and rejected it from the script.
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3.  In the book, Mason Verger died when his sister shoved a moray eel down his throat. As this ending was considered radically violent, the character of Verger's sister was written out of the final screenplay, and Verger's death altered to take place in the wild boar scene. The moray eel, however, does make a brief appearance in a scene between Verger and Clarice.
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2.  A special animatronic puppet of Ray Liotta was used for some parts of the brain-eating scene. Liotta himself has said that he's not sure exactly which shots are actually him or the puppet.
Mr.  Liotta actually ate dark chicken meat during the "brain-eating scene."

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1.  Sheep entrails from a local butcher shop were used for Pazzi's disembowelment scene.
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